Institutions

Montfortian Institutional Presence in North East India

1.      St. Paul’s Hr.Sec.School, Aizawl, Mizoram (1975):

 

  It was started as a primary school in the year 1952 by the Holy Cross Missionaries and upgraded into a high school in the year 1954. The Canadian missionaries had to leave the country as a result of the 1966 revolt by the Mizos against the Indian Government. The school was then managed by lay people and in 1969 when the Silchar Diocese was formed Bishop Denzil D’ Souza entrusted it to the care of the diocesan fathers.

  On the 4th of June 1975 the management of the School was handed over to the Montfort Brothers. Bro.P.J.Abraham assisted by Bros. K.V.Mathew and C.J.George   accepted the responsibility from Fr.Joseph Chalil.   Bro.P.J. Abraham who was to serve the School as the headmaster for over a decade, through his charisma, dynamism and singular devotion to the education of the young   set the tone for the Institution. In the School Leaving Certificate Examinations the Paulians always excelled. This distinctive Paulian tradition lives on taking the school to new heights.

Bro.Alexander replaced him briefly for one year in 1978 to facilitate his completion of Bed. Bro.Jose P.J. took over the responsibility of Director and Headmaster of this Mission from 1986. Same year St.Pauls together with St.Johns and St.Peters were brought under the deficit system. On the 3rd of August 1987 Mr.Laldenga, the Chief Minister of Mizoram inaugurated the newly built two-storied School building. Bro.Thomas Plathottam was appointed Headmaster and Superior from June 1989.The School continued to excel in different fields. Bro.Jose Thekkedam succeeded Bro.Thomas in 1995.

 

The school was upgraded to higher secondary in 1996 with Commerce and Science streams. St. Paul’s began to take a different look by way of infrastructure with many facilities provided. Government also helped out in a big way. Computer and laboratory sections were made second to none. The Silver Jubilee of the arrival of the Montfortians to North East is celebrated from the 5th to 7th of Nov.2000 in a grand manner in the presence of Rev. Bro. Rene Delorme, Superior General and whole multitude of old students, Parents and officials. Bro. P.K.James is the Head of the Aizawl Mission from 2001.

 

In the Year 2004 Bro.M.K.Devassy took over the administration of St.Paul’s Higher Secondary,Aizawl till date.The present Community members are Bros.M.K.Devassy,K.V.Mathew and M.S.Kuriyan.

 

2. Montfort Academy, Hualnghohmun-Melriat, Mizoram (2009):

 

This area was bought with the intention of starting an English Medium School away from the Aizawl town. The work was started under different Headmasters starting with Bro.Joy Thekanath, Bro.K.V.Mathew, Bro.Gabriel Lalthlanthanga, Bro.M.S.Kuriyan and others. Today it  has grown to a Primary School. The Ursaline Sisters of Mangalore is collaborating with us at Hualngohmun-Melriat since 2004. The New School, Montfort Academy took shape on 27th January 2009 with the formal inauguration and blessing during a simple function. Bro.M.S.Kuriyan is in charge of the School since 2007 at Melriat, Mizoram.

 

Bishop Denzil, who was responsible for the Mizoram Missions of the Brothers; handed over the management of St.Augustine’s Middle School at Melriat, Aizawl; to the Brothers in 2001, The School has been renamed Montfort School and it is a satellite school of the Aizawl community. The present community consists of Bros.M.K.Devassy, Mathew K.V., and M.S.Kuriyan.   Montfortians of Mizoram in particular are saddened at the fact that Bishop Denzil is no more. He passed away by the end of October 2002. May his soul rest in peace!

 

3. St.Joseph’s Printing Press, Tlangnuam, Aizawl, Mizoram (1975):

 

Holy cross Missionaries began this printing press and the Montfort Brothers were entrusted with the responsibility of managing St.Joseph’s Press  in 1975,  which was one  of  the  oldest  printing  presses  in  the  state  of  Mizoram, established  primarily  for  the   Publication of Church related materials in the native language. Bro.K.V.Mathew, one of the pioneers who came in 1975, has worked single-handedly to make this mission of printing and publishing a success. With state of art machinery the press today can boast of quality printing.

 

 

4. St.John’s Hr.Sec.School, Kolasib, Mizoram. (1975):

 

 St.John’s had its origin as a private school managed by the villagers in 1958.  Having realized the difficulties involved, at the end of that year the school was handed over to the Holy Cross Fathers who were from Canada. They named it as St. John’s High School with the biblical phrase ‘Love one another’ as the school motto. By 1965 the Assam Board of School Education recognized this school, and it became one among the 8 recognized schools of Mizoram. By 1967 the diocesan fathers took charge of the school as the foreign fathers had to leave the country due to Government’s quit order because of the political unrest.

 

Bishop Denzil of Silchar, then, invited the Montfort Brothers and on the 5th of June 1975 Bro.Devassy Madavana assisted by Bros. K.U.Mathew and Cyriac Pulikal took charge of the school from Fr. Seraj Pinto. A boy’s hostel with about 50 inmates was also handed over to them. They were able to overcome the initial difficulties with the support and encouragement from the Bishop and fathers and the Bethany Sisters who had already set up a community earlier. By 1978 a pucca building was added to the available facilities of the school. By 1976 Bro.Thomas Plathottam joined the school in place of Bro. Mathew. Bro.Joseph Thadathil replaced Bro.Devassy in 1978. Bros.Jose Nirappel, K.V.Thomas, B.A.Kurien, Jose Thekkedam, and Gabriel Laltlanthanga took over this responsibility successively after him, each of them contributing their best. The silver Jubilee of the school was celebrated in 1984. The inauguration of the newly built two-storied School building was in 1990 by Mr. Lalthanhawla , Chief Minister of Mizoram  and it was blessed by  Bishop Denzil D’ Souza.

 

Govt. of Mizoram raised St. John’s to the Hr.Sec. status by 1996 with the Science and Arts stream and Bro. P.J.Jose was appointed the first Principal. With the financial support from the Government new buildings were added to the existing ones together with a School hall and the needed Science laboratories. A Montfortian Congress involving all the communities of North East was held in St.Johns as part of the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Canonization of St.Montfort from the 4th to the 6th July 1998.  Bro. Sebastian A.C. held the responsibility as Principal from 2000. The Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Montfortian presence in St.John’s were held from the 24th to the 26th of May 2001 with the Education Minister as Chief Guest, in the presence of numerous ex-Johnians, Parents and general public. Bro.Devassy M.K.  was appointed Principal from June 2001. The present community consists of Bro. Devassy, V.T.Joseph and Thomas Plathottam. Later it was headed by Bro.Thomas Plathottam and Bro.Varghese M. And in the year  2008-09 Bro.Varghese M became the Principal along with Bro.Gabriel Lalthlanthanga the Vice Principal of the School.

 

5. St.Peters Hr.Sec.School, Chhingchhip, Mizoram. (1978):

 

In compliance  with the request of Bishop Denzil, to take over St. Peters High School  at Chhingchhip village, about 80 km away from Aizawl  to the south of Mizoram; Rev.Bro.Anselm, Provincial  of South India;  appointed Bro.Devassy Madavana who was then In charge of St.John’s High School at Kolasib; as its first Headmaster and Director. Bro.K.V.Thomas was the other member of the community.  Chhingchhip is a typical village surrounded by other villages without much of educational facilities and so it was felt by all, that our presence there was very much in place.

 

On the 3rd of July 1978 the Brothers officially took over the administration of the school from Rev. Fr. Mathew Arackal, who was also the Parish Priest then.  On 18th October 1978 the Bishop blessed ‘Maria Villa’ the new residence of the Brothers. Bro.B.A.Kurien replaced Thomas K.V. after an year and Bro.P.J.Philip joined the community soon after. Bro.Thomas Plathottam took up the responsibility as Director and Headmaster of the school from 5th July 1980 and he continued till 1989 with a break of two years, 1985-87 for studies; when Bro.Thomas K.V. replaced him. A pucca building was added to the existing structures by 1983. The silver Jubilee of the school was celebrated on the 16th of October 1987.

 

Bro.Alex (Chandy) Thomas who was appointed as the Director and headmaster of St.Peters in 1989 passed away in a jeep accident on 22.6.1996, six days after the death of Bro.Antony of Padua in Yercaud. He did bury his bones in Mizoram, as he used to say! He lies buried close to the Brother’s residence at Chhinchhip.

 

Bro.M.A.Thomas took over the responsibility of this institution after Bro.Alex till 1999 when   Bro.P.J.Philip replaced him. The boy’s hostel, ‘Montfort Boy’s Home’ was added to the institution in 1994. The School was upgraded to the Higher Secondary status by the Govt. of Mizoram in 1996. From 2001 June Bro.A.C. Sebastian is the Principal and Superior of the community with Bros. M.S.Kurien and John Berchmans from Ranchi Province as the community members. In 2003-04 Bro.B.A.Kurian joined St.Peter’s in the place of Bro.M.S.Kuriyan.In the year 2008-09 Bro.Jose Thekkedam took over as the Principal and Director with Bro.V.T.Joseph.

 

6. Montfort School, Khumthung, Mizoram (2005):

 

The Brothers started a Primary School by the road side under the name Montfort School in 2005. The classes were held in a rented building with LKG, UKG and Class I and Class II. Gradually the sections were increased yearly and today we have up to class VII. The villagers had given the land for the School a little away from the Khumthung  town. The Brothers are studying the possibility of leveling the place and start the construction in the new site away from the road by the year 2009.

 

7. Montfort School, Chabua, Assam. (1986):

 

Realizing the need to have a quality educational Institution at Chabua, Rt .Rev. Bishop Thomas Menanmparampil of Dibrugarh, invited the Montfort Brothers to start a School and ITI there. To initiate this project Bro.Antony of Padua along with Bro.Lawrence Joseph, Provincial Superior; and Bro.P.J.Abraham, the District Superior of North East came to Dibrugarh in October 1995. Under the guidance of the Bishop, Bro.Antony succeeded in establishing the Centre amidst all uncertainties. In the process he also succeeded in endearing himself to all those who came into contact with him. Though the going was tough and the work hard, he found joy, consolation and strength in the love and confidence he got from the Bishop, the clergy and the religious of the Diocese.

Montfort School began on a humble note in April 1986 with 23 students and two Teachers. Through his untiring efforts Bro. Antony saw to it that the school made steady progress. In June 1989 Bro.Martin Joseph was entrusted with the responsibility of guiding the destiny of our mission in Chabua. He went ahead with the building of the compound wall, completion of the ITI building and construction of the Brothers residence. The present Bro.Antony memorial School building came up at the time of Bro.P.J.Jose who took up the responsibility in July 1992, ably assisted by Bro.James. Bro.Jose Kannampuzha who was   in charge of the ITI was appointed the Director of the Centre in 1994 with Bro.Cyriac Pulickal as the Principal of the School. Bro.Varghese Mandapathil was the third member of the community. Bro.Varghese was appointed Principal of the school from July 1995 and Director of the community from May 1997. The first batch of HSLC students of the School appeared for their examinations under the Board of Secondary Education, Assam in 1996. They came out with 100% result and majority of them placed in 1st or 2nd Divisions which was a clear indication of the quality of education imparted by the Brothers. The good tradition that was set by the first batch continues even today.

 

Many Brothers have contributed mightily to the growth of this Mission Centre and they are all remembered and given due credit. Particularly Bro.Dominic Savio is remembered who joined the community of Chabua from February 1997. Though his stay was short, he is   still remembered by the loving people of Chabua, especially by those students who have benefited   from his personal coaching classes.

 

After a long and fruitful stay of seven years, Bro.Varghese Mandapathil was transferred to Bangalore for higher studies and Bro.P.J.Philip succeeded him in June 2001. An attractive campus, a wide range of activities, facilities and equipments, a dedicated set of staff members – all contribute towards making Montfort what it is today; a centre for joyful learning experiences. The various trades provided in the ITI enable the students to seek self-employment after the completion of the courses. With excellent hostel facilities the ITI has become beneficial to even students from far-flung areas.

 

The Centenary Year Community of Chabua consists of Bros. Philip, John, Abraham, Thomas T. and Peter V. The humble beginning made by the great visionary, Bro.Antony of Padua has grown into a premier institution of learning in Assam with 1220 students and 36 staff members. May it continue to shine bright and clear, dispelling ignorance and enlightening the minds of thousands of young students who pass through its portals.

 

8. Montfort School, Bagthy, Nagaland. (1987):

 

The missionary spirit of the Montfortians led them next to Nagaland. Bishop Abraham of Kohima diocese invited the Montfort Brothers to his Diocese and offered them an already existing primary school at Baghty in 1987.  Baghty is a remote village in the Lotha region of Wokha district. The place is dreaded for high incidences malaria, and an over all hopelessness prevails due to the callousness of the government especially on matters of health, transport and communication facilities. Hardly there is any development worth the name.

 

In such a background Bro.Paul Kachapilly and Bro. Joy Alex courageously began the Montfortian mission there. They set the tone for a disciplined school and endeared themselves to the people around.  In 1989 Bro.B.A.Kurien assisted by Bro.K.M.Augustine continued the good work they had begun. For the first time Brothers faced the not so desirable ‘demand note’ from the insurgents and that kept them away from Baghty for almost one month. Bro.Kurian initiated the making of new school buildings. The school was, subsequently renamed as Montfort School; and was raised to a high School.  Bro.P.J.George who replaced him in 1992 assisted by Bros. Devassy and K.J. Jose tried hard to further improve the facilities available for the children. Two new school buildings, one of which is used as staff quarters now; and a fine football ground are to their credit. Bro.M.K.Devassy who took up the responsibility from Bro.George in 1994, beside the school programme, directed his attention towards mobilizing and creating awareness among people of their rights.   Hostels for boys and girls were started. During his long innings of 7 years Bros. K.J.Jose, Kuriyan, Joseph Mathew, V.T.Joseph, Abraham and Peter assisted him at different years.  Bro.P.J.Jose who replaced him in 2000 went further and constructed a building for the primary classes.

 

Brothers had their share of Malaria but it was much more painful to see the helplessness of parents who see their children dying of Malaria in the absence of minimum medical facilities. Bro. Saiju who succeeded Bro.Jose at the beginning of 2002, is trying to set up a health centre besides making a hostel building.  Bros.Tomy and John are assisting him.In the year 2005-06 Bro.V.T.Joseph took over the administration of Montfort School,Baghty for three years. In 2009 Bro.A.C.Sebastian succeeded him with Bros. Thomas Thanikan and Bro.Manoj Lugun.

 

9. Montfort School, Champaknagar, Tripura. (1990):

 

Tripura, one of the smallest states of India, bordering Bangladesh on three sides, is a predominantly hill state.   In general it is economically backward due to poor transport and communication facilities. It has a population of 27 lakhs, mainly Bengali Hindus. The recognized 19 Tribes constitute about one quarter of the population, and the main language spoken among them is   “Kokborok”.

 

Christians are a small minority and that too from the tribals. The Brothers are the 2nd men’s congregation to set foot in Tripura and the 6th religious group. In 1990 through the initiatives of the Holy Cross Fathers and at the invitation of   Bishop of Silchar, Rt. Rev. Denzil D’ Souza; Provincial, Rev.Bro.Antony Of Padua  signed the agreement and appointed Bro.Varghese Mandapathil and Bro.Jimmy Mathew to take up theTripura Mission. The Brothers took over the management of the Holy Cross School at Moharpara with the understanding that they would shift the school to the new site at Champaknagar 30 km away as soon as the school building was ready.

 

Rev.Bro.Lawrence Joseph, the Vicar General, laid the foundation stone for the new building on 2nd October 1991. Under trying conditions of social unrest and militancy the construction progressed and it was possible to shift the school in June 1993 even as the work continued under the able supervision of Bro.Martin. The name of the school was changed to Montfort School. The inauguration of the new School building and the first Parents Day was held on the 20th March 1994 with Mr. Romesh Bhandari, the Governor of Tripura as the Chief Guest. The school then had strength of 220 with 120 boarders. The foundation for the boys boarding building was also laid on the same day.

 

Bro.James P.K. took over as Director and Principal of this mission on 16th June 1994 from the founding head, Bro.Varghese Mandapathil. During his 6 years of animation and leadership the school and boarding gradually grew into a full pledged centre for education. In 1995 with the consent of the people around, the location where the school is situated was renamed as ‘Monfortnagar’. In 1996 the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians joined in the mission of the Brothers. They are teaching in the school and looking after the boarding for the girls and also they take good care of the sick students.

 

26th December 1996 is an extremely sad day for the Brothers, as on that day Bro.Joseph John, a father-figure for the Montfortians of Tripura, a councillor for the inmates of the Centre, a sympathetic doctor for the people around and a true friend and comforter for the needy, suddenly passed away due to massive heart related problems. He was laid to rest by the side of the boarding on the 28th of December.

 

The first batch of 10 students of Montfort appeared for the school final exams in April 1998 and 9 of them came out in flying colours, a rare feat considering the over all performance of the tribal children of the locality. From the 19th of June 2000 Bro.Joy Alex is at the helm of affairs of this Centre and the School and boarding continues to grow in strength and quality under his guidance ably assisted by Bros. Paul, John and Deonis. The total strength of the school is 1004 of which 450 are boarders, including both boys and girls.  All the 29 students of the 2002 batch came out successful in the Metric exams, the only catholic School in Tripura to do so.Bro.Joy Alex continued till 2007. In the year 2007-08 Bro.P.J.Philip took over the administration along with Bro.Paul Varghese,Lawrence Lallawmzuala and Fabius Sangma. In the year 2008-09 Bro.Paul Varghese became the Local Superior and Bro.P.J./Philip was appointed the Principal of the School with Bro.Fabius Sangma.

 

10. Montfort School, Dhukly, Agartala, Tripura (2009):

 

The Brothers had purchase a plot of land at a place called Dhukly, near Agartala. This was an existing rubber garden. This area was bought with the intention of startying Montfort School, Dhukly near Agartala. This School is expected to begin in the year 2009.

 

11. Montfort Centre for Education, Tura, Meghalaya. (1993):

 

Once in a lifetime some one with a genuine love for humanity begins his labour of love and others follow in his footsteps.  Montfort Centre for Education is a fine example of the vision of two such persons, Brothers who were motivated by genuine love and concern for the persons with disabilities. They are Bros. John Baptist and Thomas More. The strong support and guidance of Rt.Rev.George Mamalassery, Bishop of Tura also contributed greatly to make Montfort Centre for Education a reality.

 

This Centre is conceived as an Integrated set up- the modern concept of educating the children with disabilities along with the regular children. There is a school for the deaf and another for the blind along with the school for the regular children in the same campus. Bro.Thomas More began the building work in 1993, staying in Bishop’s House. The inauguration of the Centre was on 19th February 1996. There are also hostels for the disabled boys and girls, the later taken care of by the DSFS Sisters who are working with us from the very beginning. The educational programs and syllabus followed for the Blind and the Deaf at the Centre are exactly as those of the normal children of the Meghalaya Board of Secondary Education with suitable modifications taking into account the degree and nature of disability of each child. This Centre also has built up a centre for the vocational training of the disabled children. The ultimate aim of the organization is the total integration of the Deaf and the Blind into the normal society and to lift them from becoming a social liability to social asset and make them productive citizens of the country.

 

Due to the dearth of qualified Special Education Teachers in the North Eastern region, a training Centre for the teachers of the Deaf and a training Centre for the Teachers of the Blind were started at the Centre in 1998 and 2000 respectively. These courses are recognized by the RCI- Government of India. It is also a study Centre for the B.Ed in special education.

 

On 29th September 1996 Bro.Thomas More, the founder Director of Montfort Centre met with a fatal jeep accident and slept in the Lord.  He is buried in the campus itself. Though he is no more his guiding spirit still urges the Centre to move on.   His plans are taking concrete shape in the able hands of Bro.V.K.George, the present Director, who is also an authority in the education of the disabled. It can be predicted confidently that in the years to come Montfort Centre will be playing a leadership role on the education and rehabilitation of the Persons with Disabilities in the North East. The present community consists of Bros. George,P.J. Jose, Richard, Maria Soosai and Paulose Mathew. In the year 2008-09 Bro.Michael Mathew became the Director & Principal with Bros.Maria Soosai,Philip Aithingrok Ch,Joseph Reddy and Alexander.A from Trichy Province. 

 

 12. Montfort School, Boulchugiri, Tura, Meghalaya (2000):

 

This Centre also can be proud of their satellite mission, Montfort School at Bolchugiri village about 26 km away from Tura, catering to the educational needs of children from many villages around, at the primary level.Today it has grown up to a High School under the leadership of Bros.V.K.George,Michael Mathew and Philip Aithingrok Ch. We have planted   rubber in the area given to us and the plantation is coming up well under our supervision.

 

13. St.Montfort School, Guwahati. (1995):

 

Having mission centres at far- away Chabua at upper Assam and Baghty in Nagaland brought in the need to have a Centre at Guwahati the gate-way to North East both for future Provincial House and as a transit house. Bro.Leopold, then District Superior of North East approached Arch Bishop His Grace Thomas Menamparampil and expressed this felt need. The Bishop, who had earlier invited the Brothers to his diocese, graciously gave them a mountainous rubber garden of about 10 acres, 23 km away from the Bishop’s house by the side of the Guwahti- Shillong road. He expressed his desire that at this site he wishes to have a centre for the physically challenged also managed by the Brothers beside the academic institution we were planning.

 

This property was originally owned by the Salesian fathers who for reasons better known to them had earlier handed over the same to the Bishop. Brothers accepted the offer and took possession of the property in early 1995. Bro.Martin Joseph was put in charge and he started developing the land straight away.

 

There was no level ground at all and the foothill consisted of a few fish ponds. Bro.Martin had the Herculean task of filling these for which hundreds of truckloads of mud had to be    brought in from the neighbouring Meghalaya which was across the highway bordering our property.  He also made a number of retaining walls and thus gave some shape to the land. Work on a School building began soon and on 20th Jan.1996 St.Montfort School began with 20 students. As of today the school has reached class VII with 480 students, most of them Nepalese, and 12 teachers, with the necessary infrastructures, School Bus, Computer section etc. At present there is a two-storied concrete school building with 12 classrooms, an Assam-style Brothers house and a two-storied concrete structure for the Provincial House adjacent to it. Another pucca structure is in the making to house more class rooms and to provide better toilet facilities.

 

In all his efforts Bros.V.T.Joseph, Thomas Thanickal, V.J.Tomy and Jijo ably assisted Bro.Martin in turn. He continued to be the Director and Principal of the Centre till 2002 and gave a very good foundation to our Guwahati mission. Bro.K.J.Jose replaced him in June 2002 as local Superior of the community and Principal of the school and is assisted by Bro. Jijo. At present in 2008-09 the Community consists of Bros. K.J.Jose,V.K.George,Phridian Nongseij and B.A.Kurian.

 

14. Montfort Home, Shillong, Meghalaya. (1997):

 

The need for a study centre for the Junior Brothers of North East was felt as early as 1993.The first batch of the Brothers, Saiju, Abraham and Michael were admitted at Kolasib College, Mizoram. Soon realizing the futility of this step they were admitted at St.Edmund’s College in Shillong. Brothers were staying in the college hostel but soon as the conditions were not favourable a house was rented for them to stay. Finally with the approval of the Arch Bishop of Shillong, the late Rt. Rev. Tarcisius Resto the present property with the house was purchased and registered on 30th Dec.1996. The blessing of the house and the Institution of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel were done on the first day of January1997 by Bishop Resto himself.

 

This new house was started mainly for the purpose of the study for the Brothers. Shillong is considered as the right place in North East for the college going Brothers to have their studies done as it afforded amble opportunities and provided most facilities. Bro.M.A.Thomas is the Director of this Centre from July 1999, a post that remained unfilled until that time due to lack of personnel.  There is a lot of potential to reach out to the youth and the school students of the locality through this centre with   more and better infrastructure. In the year 2009 the Brothers quarters is being rebuilt and the work is on for the reconstruction.

 

15. Montfort School, Jonglapara, Meghalaya. (2002):

 

The Alverno Abri English School at Jonglapara, mid-way between Guwahati and Tura, managed by the local people under the supervision of the Parish Priest; was having a bad run year after year and so Rt. Rev. George Mamalassery, Bishop of Tura; invited Montfort Brothers to build it up. This Centre was originally taken care of by the Franciscan Brothers and they had left it to fend for itself for reasons best known to them nearly 10 years earlier.

   Thus on the 4th of February 2002 Bros. Michael Mathew   together with Bro.Ravi reached the School to be received warmly by the people of the Bolsaldam village, the exact location of the school. In honour of the arrival of the Brothers they had organized a Rosary Service in the Chapel of the Brother’s residence. A large number of people had gathered for the same though it was evening. A short programme put up by the villagers followed the Rosary.

 

 On The 14th of February the Bishop in the presence of a large number of people, local officials and Church personnel officially handed over the school to the Brothers. Bros.Zacharia and Kennedy have since taken the place of Bro.Ravi who is transferred. The primary School is upgraded to a high school catering to the needs of children from about 30 villages near and far. The name of the school has been changed to Montfort School. It is situated in an area of about 10 acres of   land most of which is plain and includes about 5 acres of rubber garden. Though at the initial stage, this Centre promises to be a true Montfortian Undertaking in course of time.

 

16. Montfort School, Batabhari, Abhayapuri, Assam. (2004):

 

The Bishop of Bongaigoan invited the Brothers of St.Gabriel to the Diocese of Bongaigoan to start a School for the educational needs of the children of the Rajbhanshies of Batabari village of Abhayapuri. There are about 14 villages under the sub-division of Abhayapuri.

 

 Abhayapuri is about 35 Kilometres away from Bongaigoan, the Head Quarters of the District of Bongaigoan.This new Diocese, created in the year 2000 covers the area of 13,630 sq.km and a population of 5.4 million of which 1.2 % are Catholics. Abhayapuri has a mixed population of Bodos, Rajbhanshies, Garos, Rabhas, Assamies and Bengalis. Children of these various cultural groups especially Rajbhanshies are given formal education here in our School. This is a growing institution catering to the needs of the educational needs of the people of these ethnic groups. Bro.Martin and Bro.V.J.Tomy were the pioneers of this mission. Bros.Joseph Sahayam, Madalai Muthu and Libu .O.J. were members of the Community. Presently Bro.Martin and Bro.Libu are the Community members.In the year 200809, Bro.P.J.Jose took over the administration along with Bro.Libu.O.J.The School has reached up to Class IV.